Andrea Moller sets Guinness World Record for biggest women's paddle-in wave

May 3, 2019 | Surfing
Andrea Moller: Guinness World Record holder for the biggest paddle-in wave in surfing | Photo: Pompermayer/WSL

Andrea Moller has set a new Guinness World Record for the biggest paddle-in wave ever surfed.

The announcement was made by the World Surf League (WSL) at the 2019 Big Wave Awards.

According to the official measuring criteria, on January 16, 2016, the Brazilian caught a 42-foot wave at Jaws/Peahi in Maui, Hawaii.

"I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was one of the biggest days I've ever paddled out at. It was just magic with beautiful conditions," expressed Moller.

"I went out there not expecting it to happen, and all of a sudden, it happened. I want to thank WSL for showing us that equality is the way to go."

Andrea Moller locked in the second Guinness World Record by a female athlete in the history of surfing.

The first woman to secure a similar recognition was Maya Gabeira. On January 18, 2018, Gabeira was towed into a 68-foot wave (20.72 meters) at Praia do Norte in Nazaré.

As a result, all three Guinness World Records awarded by WSL are now in the hands of Brazilian surfers.

Rodrigo Koxa, also from Brazil, holds the world record for the largest wave ever surfed (80 feet at Nazaré).

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